Admissions

Make this the summer you dive into marine science at Shoals Marine Laboratory! Our academic team will help you through all steps of our admissions process. Please follow the steps below, and we look forward to seeing you on Appledore Island this summer!

Step 1: Online Inquiry Form

Students must first submit general information to SML before course registration and formal enrollment. Please use the button below to complete the online inquiry form. You will hear back from an SML Academic Coordinator with further instructions within 4-5 business days.

ONLINE INQUIRY FORM


Step 2: Financial Support & Scholarships

SML offers need-based and merit-based scholarships to eligible undergraduates who enroll in SML credit courses. All students (undergraduates and high school) qualify for multi-course scholarships when taking more than one SML course in the same summer. You can also apply for a student staff job on Appledore Island to offset the cost of your tuition.

MORE ABOUT FINANCIAL SUPPORT


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STEP 3: PRE-REGISTRATION

Once your inquiry form and financial support information have been received and reviewed, your SML Academic Coordinator will send you a pre-registration confirmation letter via e-mail, which includes information about course tuition, fees, financial assistance, and enrollment instructions. Students cannot enroll in SML courses until they receive this pre-registration confirmation letter.

High school students only: In order to be accepted to the program and receive your pre-registration confirmation letter, please send an e-mail (or have a parent/guardian send an e-mail) to Dr. Liz Craig (ecc79@cornell.edu) with the subject line: "Approval to take SML high school course." This e-mail message should include:

  • Student name
  • Name of the SML class you'd like to take (and section, if BIOSM 1620)
  • Official high school transcript (in English and including past years and your most current grades). Transcripts are also accepted via mail or fax. Contact Dr. Craig (ecc79@cornell.edu) for instructions.

Step 4: Course Enrollment

  1. If you are interested in meritneed-based scholarship or SML student staff, please apply for these opportunities before you enroll in a course.
  2. Students who are pre-registered (Step 3 above) should download and complete the Cornell Summer Sessions enrollment form. 
  3. Submit the following items to Cornell Summer Sessions via e-mail (cusp@cornell.edu), or by mail/in-person (B20 Day Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853):
    • Completed enrollment form (may be sent via e-mail as long as no Social Security Number is included);
    • A copy of the pre-registration confirmation email (from Step 3 above); and
    • Payment (see below) 

PAYMENT INFORMATION: 

  • Before March 1, 2018: Payment may be made by check, money order, or interbank wire transfer. Make checks payable to "Cornell University."
  • After March 1, 2018: Payment may be made by check, money order, interbank wire transfer, or Cornell CASHNet. Make checks payable to "Cornell University."

Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until full payment is made and enrollment via Cornell Summer Sessions is complete.


  1. If you are interested in meritneed-based scholarship or SML student staff, please apply for these opportunities before you enroll in a course.
  2. Students who have received a pre-registration confirmation letter from an SML Academic Coordinator (Step 3 above) should register through UNH Summer Session.
  3. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (before March 27, 2018) or full payment (after March 27, 2018) will be expected at time of registration. This can be done via online payment, credit card, or check.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Online: http://deposits.unh.edu
Over the phone: 603-862-2015 or 1-800-313-5327 (toll free)
In-person or via mail:

                UNH Registrar
                11 Garrison Avenue
                Stoke Hall, Room 180
                Durham, NH

Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until full payment is made and enrollment via UNH Summer Session is complete.


  1. If you are interested in meritneed-based scholarship or SML student staff, please apply for these opportunities before you enroll in a course.
  2. Students who have received a pre-registration confirmation letter from an SML Academic Coordinator (Step 3 above) should register through the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Summer Session.
  3. To register through UNH Summer Session, call the UNH registrar and provide them with your Social Security Number to create your student account. You may call them at (603) 862-2015 or (800) 313-5327 (toll free).
  4. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (before March 27, 2018) or full payment (after March 27, 2018) will be expected at time of registration. This can be done via credit card or check.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Over the phone: 603-862-2015 or 1-800-313-5327 (toll free)
In-person or via mail:

                UNH Registrar
                11 Garrison Avenue
                Stoke Hall, Room 180
                Durham, NH

Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until full payment is made and enrollment via UNH Summer Session is complete.

International students only: If you are an international student not currently enrolled in an American institution, you will need to work with your SML Academic Coordinator and UNH's Office of International Students & Scholars in order to obtain the correct visa. This process can take weeks to months to complete, so contact SML as soon as possible to get the process underway.


  1. Pre-registered students (those who have completed Step 3 above, and received their pre-registration confirmation letter) should fill out a copy of the Cornell Summer Sessions enrollment form.
  2. Send the following items to Cornell Summer Sessions via e-mail (cusp@cornell.edu) or by mail (B20 Day Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853):
    • Completed and signed enrollment form (may be sent via e-mail as long as no Social Security Number is included);
    • A  copy of the pre-registration confirmation letter (from Step 3 above);
    • International students only: I-20 request form; and
    • Payment (see below)

PAYMENT INFORMATION:

Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until full payment is made and enrollment via Cornell Summer Sessions is complete.


Step 5: Accessibility & Accommodations

SML seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where students are able to participate fully in the SML experience. Students have the right (and responsibility) to self-disclose and make use of the services, resources, and accommodations available. Because Appledore Island is a remote location, any special arrangements need time and planning to be enacted. SML appreciates early notification for accommodation requests (3-4 weeks before the course start date). To begin this process, students with disabilities or accommodations must contact the appropriate Cornell or UNH office before beginning their course on Appledore Island and have a plan in place before their course begins: